Monthly Archives: September 2016
Got my covers back from Jaycee yesterday and I’m super pumped. I was a little surprised when I looked at my schedule and realized that I’m actually not releasing HMM until November. O__O Considering that I’m very close to finish HMM #2, as in it’s my goal to finish it today, this seems like a really long time off, but I think my editing and proofing schedule is very optimistic. I don’t want to pack in my time so much that I think I’m going to fuck everything off if I take even one day off.
Yesterday, I managed to get all my writing stuff down, except for the planning parts. I’m hoping I’ll have more time to do that once I finish HMM #2, hopefully today! Once I finish HMM #2, the only first draft I’ll be working on is EVOLUTION until I go back to THD #3 on November 7th. Yikes. But I see here that I’m supposed to be start REVOLUTION on the 21st. I think, considering that I’ve already gotten about a quarter finished of THD #3, I’ll probably push the start date for that sometime next month, since the entire of October is looking a little empty as far as writing first drafts go.
According to my calculations, if I can keep up my current rate, I can probably finish the 1st draft of EVOLUTION by the end of the month or maybe even the first week of October, so I’ll definitely need something to work on during October, otherwise I’ll just be working on edits for the whole month and that doesn’t really strike me as fun.
Today, I’ve already edited a chapter of THD, so that’s good. The rest I have to do is finish HMM #2, write 3k of EVOLUTION and start editing DMR. I also want to finish the blurb for HMM #2 by today so I can take advantage of the free five dollar credit I’ve got on Fiverr.
The ayi is gone already, so I can start work, as when she’s around I don’t get a whole lot done.
Also, I have class at 6:30, my first class after three months of not teaching.
Happy Monday, wooooo. That was totally sarcastic, by the way. I got woken up at four in the morning, due to the same old, same old cat shenanigans and I decided that I might as well just get up because I knew if I went back to sleep and woke up around 8, I’d probably be all groggy. I’d rather work clear headed and take a nap around lunch than sleep the full amount of hours and get all groggy in the morning, which is the time when I need to write.
Lots to do today.
WRITE 2K OF HMM #2
WRITE 3K OF EVOLUTION
EDIT CH. 5 OF THD #2
WORK ON EDITING PLAN FOR DMR
There are a lot of other things I have to do, but those are the four major things I need to get done.
I’ve started working on edits for THD, since David is still at home, but once he leaves, I’ll get to writing. Ugh, feeling tired already, even though I’m on my second cup of coffee. I’m almost thinking about going to Starbucks for a few hours today and just writing, but I’ll probably regret it. I think there are more days when I don’t write at Starbucks as opposed to days I do actually sit down and write at Starbucks.
I’m very close to finishing HMM#2. I’ve got that one big seduction scene in the library, then they get discovered, Tarquin proposes marriage and then it’s the epilogue in which Alice wakes up, thinking everything is just a bad dream, but then the carriage shows up for her to go to his house and then it ends with the carriage rolling away.
If I don’t finish this by today, I’ll definitely finish this by tomorrow, so that’ll be one less thing I have to worry about…kind of. Of course, another one just springs right into place, so it’s not like I have one less thing to work on, just one more thing to tick off my to-do list.
Right, I’m going to hit the editing. I’d love to finish all my writing by this morning so I can eat lunch, pass out and then working on other stuff.
I’m back in China, home for now, and I’m glad to be back. I mean, it was good to see my family again, but right now I’m so busy with writing. I don’t even have a whole lot of time to do stuff for me, like reading and drawing, mostly because I know these next 1-2 years is going to be totally nuts. Mostly because I’m probably going to have a kid after that and I know my life is going to go down the shithole for a while.
Today’s goal is to write 2k of HMM2 and 3k of EVOLUTION. Starting today, I’m going to start writing right away. Usually, I used to do Japanese first thing in the morning, but slogging through writing in the afternoon is kind of hard and besides, I can do JP while David is home, but I have a hard time writing when he’s home.
I’m going to start at 8 or sometime around there.
Since I just need 1.5 hours to get down the 5k for the day (still dictating, btw), I’d like to finish before lunchtime, that way I can have some lunch (probably going to make curry and pita bread) and then get to work on editing. I need to start editing DMR tomorrow because I sent the check off to Megan. I sent out a few feelers for dev editors on Fiverr because she’s only able to work on one project at a time, and even though I value her comments, I think our relationship has soured quite a bit since the payment fiasco.
Right, that’s all from me for now. I tried to read one of the De Piaget books by Lynn Kurland, but I just got so confused with all the extra characters, I gave up. So I’m reading a Lisa Kleypas book, but I’ve always had a pretty good experience with her books, so I’m hoping I can finish that book today. I really want to read more. Play games less, read more!
…I think I need a TShirt that says that…
Well, I’m here in Korea for Chuseok and I have to honest, it really hasn’t been that relaxing. Nor have I done anything productive either. Something I’d like to change today, but we’ll have to see how everything goes.
My two younger cousins are here, and I suppose they’re all right, but they made me realize that, actually, I don’t really like kids. Not even kids that I’m supposedly related to. I like my aunt and uncle, but I guess I don’t like the way they act. The younger one is okay, but the older one just seems kind of…annoying and arrogant? God, was I like that?
Okay, I need to get some work done, otherwise this whole trip will be a waste. If I can just get 2k for EVOLUTION AND 1K for HMM #2, I’ll have considered today not a total waste of time.
Well, I didn’t post yesterday, but that’s because I was busy trying to finish the 10k story work and to get it to the editors before the deadline. I guess I could have worked on it a little longer, but honestly, I got kind of sick of looking at it. I like to look at my overall plots and poke holes in them, and boy, there were a lot of holes to poke in that 10k story. Or maybe it was just me. That’s why I sent it off to the editors because I needed someone else to look at it.
But hey, I finished it it and it’s out of my hands, woohoo! I’m getting it back in the next few weeks, but for now, I don’t have to worry about it, which is absolutely great. So, woohoo.
I’m at the airport now and it’s twenty before 9. My flight doesn’t leave until 2:30PM, so I’ll probably just kick around until 12:30 or so, or until they open check in. Gosh. I’m almost considering paying money to use the hotel on the second floor, but if I did that, that means I would lose time that I could spend writing. I really want to work on HMM #2 and Invincible. I think the last time I wrote in those two projects was Friday, while Saturday and Sunday was dedicated to finishing the story and sending it off.
(crap, got hiccups)
So I’m at the Starbucks right now. Just had a chicken caesar wrap with an lemon iced tea and now I’m having an Americano, because coffee has become so finely enmeshed in my morning routine that I feel half-dead unless I’ve got some caffeine in my system.
I don’t know how much work I’ll be able to get done once I get to Mom’s house tonight. The plane is supposed to arrive at 5:30PM, and since I only have one piece of luggage that I’ll be carrying on, I can probably get out of the airport by 6:150-ish. The ride to Mom’s house is probably going to be an hour, so 7:15ish, then dinner, then it’ll be 9 or something by the time I have some time and by then, I’ll probably want to get some sleep.
So yeah, these next 3-4 hours will be the only time I’ll really be able to get some words down. It’ll be weird typing the words out, especially since I’ve been dictating pretty religiously for the past week or so. I’m not going to be ambitious. Usually, at home I’d get 2k of HMM #2 and 3k of EVOLUTION, but I’ll be happy to get 1k for HMM #2 and 2k for EVOLUTION. I’d also like to edit a bit of THD #2, but for now, just getting the first draft for EVOLUTION and HMM #2 are the most important things on my to-do list right now.
God, I love this laptop and the battery power. 16 hours what??? Of course, the power isn’t as good if I plug in a HD to play some videos, but come on, honestly, I bought this laptop so I could write outside of the house without having to worry about carrying around a power cord.
Right, I’m going to try to get some words down for HMM #2.
Yesterday was a bit of success…kind of. I managed to get most of the things accomplished that I wanted to do, as far as writing goes. I got 2k for HMM #2, 3k for EVOLUTION and I edited about 2k of the 10k story. The only thing I didn’t do was get to edits for THD #2, but my excuse is that I had a late start yesterday. I don’t think I really got writing until noon, but I got out of bed today at six and it’s 8 now. I got my JP study done for now and I’m ready to get some serious work done.
Actually, I started dictating yesterday, for EVOLUTION, and I’d say things worked out pretty well. I got the 3k in an hour, although I’d like to increase that. Something that will probably come with practice, I hope. I really want to continue with this dictating thing. I keep picking up and putting it back down, but what with my work/release schedule, it’s important that I get the most words in the fastest time possible and that’s with dictating. That and I don’t want to end up with carpal tunnel before I hit 40. Actually, I’m kind of surprised I haven’t already got it already…
I’m going to spend an hour writing HMM #2 and another hour writing EVOLUTION. At my usual dictating schedule, I can usually get around 1300-1500 every half hour, so chances are I can hit 3k on both HMM #2 and EVOLUTION. I might do more writing, but I’m going to do the bare minimum before I get to my editing. Once I’ve finished editing, I might go back to writing 1st drafts, but we’ll see how I feel. I’m probably going to do 25 minute dictating sessions, spend some time editing what gets dictated and then going right back in. I’m re-reading some dictating books as well as rereading the Chris Fox ref books because I really like the way he talks about the way he writes.
Yep, so yesterday, I read through what I had already written of EVOLUTION, and also found the chapter breakdown of both HMM #2 and EVOLUTION so I am good to go. For a second, I thought I would have to redo the chapter beats which is kind of time consuming, but I found the notebook that had all my notes from a few months ago, so that’s good.
Today’s a busy day. I was going to go to the gym at lunch, but have decided against it since I got a late start this morning. I slept in because I didn’t sleep well; got a bunch of mosquito bites and feisty cats who don’t know how to sleep.
Today I’m going to start editing the short story as well as editing THD #2 and then writing HMM #2 and EVOLUTION. I’m going to try to get 5k on these two projects, while editing 2.5k of the short story and editing chapter 5 of THD #2. I’ve contacted Rachel about doing the line edits for THD #2, but I think I’m going to contact the other editor I found on RD and see what kind of quote she gives me. She’ll probably be more expensive than Rachel, but I’ll check out her edits and see how she does it.
Plus, I need to go for an evening walk, read for an hour, reply to FIGHT and do some art as I haven’t touched my tablet in a while.
Also, I’ve been thinking of keeping track of the words I write daily, so maybe I’ll start that today.
Well, I’m getting to this kind of late, but I have good news.
I both finished writing DARK MOON RISING as well as the first draft of MUSIC OF HIS HEART. Gah, I still don’t like the title, but I have a few days before it’s due, so I’ll try to think of something better before Saturday.
I edited Chapter 4 of THE HANDSOME DEVIL #2 and now I’ll be working on HER MASTER’S MISTRESS #2. I wrote 500 words today and I’ll ratchet it up by writing 2k starting tomorrow, while continuing to edit MUSIC OF HIS HEART and THE HANDSOME DEVIL #2.
And then I’m going pick up EVOLUTION and try to finish the first draft by the 10th of October. I want to finish the 1st draft of HER MASTER’S MISTRESS #2 by the 25th. Considering I’ve got an estimated word count of 30k, if I write at my usual rate of 2k a day, I can reach 40k by the time the 25th rolls around. But I also want to write Evolution at a rate of 2k a day, so I’ll try to write 3k a day, which means I’ll be writing 5k a day. That’s a lot of work, but maybe I can do it. The problem is, I’m going to be traveling beginning next week for Chuseok and I have no idea how productive I’ll be able to be. Hopefully I can keep my same schedule.
But for now, I’m just going to bask in the after glow of finishing two projects in two days, even if I don’t get any days off.
I’m going to spend the rest of the day and try to plan out EVOLUTION and figure out my course of action. Who knows? I might want to start writing it tomorrow, haha.
Tomorrow, my goal is:
- Edit Chapter 5 of THD #2
- Write 2k of HMM #2
- Edit 3k of MUSIC OF HIS HEART
- Write 3k of EVOLUTION
Okay…got up a little late today, but it’s Sunday. I don’t really have any days off, but I can at least sleep in one day out of seven, right? I was thinking about maybe taking it a little easy today, but what is Sunday but just another day for me? Besides, I really want to finish DMR and get closer to finishing off the remaining scenes for that 10k Story, which I think I might call MUSIC OF HIS HEART.
>_> Or MUSIC OF THE NIGHT. Dunno. MUSIC OF DARKNESS? It’s not like music is a huge part of the story, but I’m kind of stuck as far as titles go. Also, those titles aren’t that “holiday” orientated…
Right, so DMR is not finished, but I think I have just one more chapter to write, the fight scene between Tan and the Waynesville wolves. Speaking of which, I really hate the name of that town, but for now, it’ll stay, since it’s not really the point right now. If I try really hard, I think it’s very possible to finish the chapter and therefore the book today.
I think I’m about 2-3k away from finishing the short story, so I anticipate getting it completed by Tuesday. That’ll give me Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to finish the edits and hand it over by Saturday.
In the mean time, I think it would be a good idea to start working on HMM #2. I’ve got the basic story drawn out, so all I have to do is write the thing. I also need to think about redesigning the covers, make three of them at the same time, so I can keep it relatively consistent. I may want to have someone else design it, or maybe just do it myself, hrm hrm hrm.
Right, I really need to get to work. I forgot how much fun it is to watch long-running shows like Hunter x Hunter.
So today’s tasks are:
- Finish Chapter 25 of DARK MOON RISING
- Write 1k of MUSIC OF DARKNESS
- Edit Chapter 4 of A ONE NIGHT AFFAIR
- Write 500 words of HER MASTER’S MISTRESS #2
There are a bunch of other little stuff, most of them not that important, so here goes!
Yesterday, I managed to get my writing finished, so that’s good. I think I’m falling into a steady schedule. It kind of sucks that I don’t really get any days off, but that’s how my life is going to be for the next 14 months. I really can’t complain, I get to stay at home and write all day long. Stay positive!
Yesterday, I finished Ch. 23 of DMR. If I’m lucky and do what I think I want to do, I think today will be the day I can finish say “I’m finished!” with DARK MOON RISING. I really do want to finish this book by this weekend. According to my original schedule, I was supposed to finish this by tomorrow, but what with getting sick for a few days, I missed a few days = missed a few chapters.
I didn’t finish editing Chapter 3 of THD #2. I edited up to page 5/9, so if I just finish the other 4 pages, I can finish editing Chapter 3 today and maybe even get a start on Chapter 4. Editing is a lot worse than it looks, but it’s still a pain in the ass. If I can edit a chapter every two days, by my estimations, I’ll finish with dev edits by the end of this month. Actually, I won’t, I’ll need 32 days, so that’ll mean I have to edit a chapter a day on some days. Here’s to hoping some chapters don’t need too much work, but I’m not that hopeful considering how badly edits went for Chapter 1 and 2.
I also wrote another 1k of that 10k story that I really need to come up with a title with. I’m at 6k, I think, so I’ve got another 4k to go. If I can finish DMR, I’m going to start writing 2-3k a day on the short story, which means that I could finish the short story by Monday or Tuesday, which’ll give me 2-3 days to cobble it together into something that is edit-able. I thought it was due on the nineth, which is a Friday, but I went back and checked on the site and it turns out it’s actually due on the 10th, so that’s an extra day, woo hoo.
Once I get that finished, I’m supposed to start writing Evolution. Since I have 2-3 days between sending in the short story and going back to Evolution (I think I started writing the first few chapters), I’ll probably spend those days planning out how I want to progress with the story. I do know that I want to write 2k a day.
I’ll also start writing HMM #2 around that time too. I should probably start writing it beginning tomorrow, if I can finish DMR by today, that way I can keep working on two projects at the same time, although considering that I’m also editing THD #2, I guess technically I’m working on 3 books at the same time.
Not to mention, I think Dave is having some coworkers over tonight, so I might get kicked off the computer sooner than later. I suppose I can always just take the laptop upstairs and work in bed, but that almost never works out the way I want it to.
Well, I’ve got a book to finish. I hope that I can sign in tomorrow with news that DMR’s 1st draft is complete.